The family of the passer-by who was killed in a city centre disturbance last weekend have paid tribute to a ‘soft natured and gentle’ man.
60-year-old Kevin Wood was tragically killed on Saturday evening in an incident close to the Printworks in the city centre.
His ‘devastated’ family say he was a ‘special’ character who was out celebrating his wife’s birthday when he was assaulted on Dantzic Street.
Greater Manchester Police have said that Kevin wasn’t involved in the initial disturbance and was a passer-by.
Describing Kevin, his family said: “We are struggling to put into words just how special Kevin – known as ‘Woody’ to his friends – was and how much he meant to all who knew him.
“He was extremely hard-working, proud and loyal to his family. He was a soft natured and gentle man who always thought of others.
“Kevin was a loving husband, best friend and soul mate to his wife. Dad to his only daughter, stepdad, grandad, brother and uncle who was just out celebrating his wife’s birthday. He will be a deeply missed.
“We, as a family, are devastated at his loss.
“We would respectfully ask for privacy at this time to allow us to grieve and come to terms with this devastating incident.”
The incident took place on Dantzic Street just after 8pm on Saturday November 20.
Around 10 people were reported to have been involved in the disturbance.
22-year-old Callum Crosbie, of Coleridge Close, Newcastle upon Tyne, has been charged with murder and remanded in custody.
Kevin’s family are receiving support from specialist officers.
GMP are appealing for anyone with information or footage to come forward – information can now be uploaded to a Major Incident Public Portal at: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP21S39-PO1
Details can also be reported to police on 0161 856 6377, 101 or via LiveChat at www.gmp.police.uk quoting log 2792 of 20/11/2021.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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